A hybrid system uses a furnace instead of an air handler inside the home.

This allows a fossil fuel furnace to be used as the backup heat source for the heat pump instead of the resistant heater used in an air handler.

This is usually done when the existing furnace does not need to be replaced and air conditioning functions are being added to the home. Or if there is an insufficient electrical capacity for electric heat.

Sturm Heating & Air Conditioning

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